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January 17, 2014



Work by interior architecture & product design's Jani and students accepted to national environmental design conference

By Communications and Marketing

Poster and papers by 17 students from the interior architecture & product design department of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, have been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference.

More than 700 submissions were considered for presentation at EDRA45NewOrleans, which will be May 28-31 in New Orleans.

Founded in 1968, the Environmental Design Research Association addresses the expanding the horizon of environmental design to include concerns about people as a vital ingredient of change. The association's vision originally focused on improving the environment for humankind but is now focused heavily on organizational efficacy.

Each submission was double-blind reviewed by qualified reviewers in the domain areas identified by the authors. The projects, all under the direction of Vibhavari Jani, associate professor, will be presented at the conference and the abstract of the paper presentations will be published in the conference proceedings.

Interior architecture & product design students, with the help of Jani, who had work accepted for EDRA45NewOrleans include:

• Xavier Gavin, fourth-year student, paper presentation, "Adapting Workstations to Generational Variances by Reinforcing Health Breaks through Workspace Design."

• Fourth-year students James Dylan Howe andKunyan Wei, paper presentation, "Consideration of Sustainable Strategies in the Changing Office Environments and its Impact on the Health of its Inhabitants."

• Fourth-year students Nichole Finke and Katherine Pruser, paper presentation, "Designing Modern Offices: How to Prepare for Changing Needs to the Nomadic Staff."

• Fourth-year students Rutvik Date, Abby Buchmann andAbigail Zohner,paper presentation, "The Impact of Lighting on the Employees in the Changing Workplace."

Fifth-year students Anthony Ngo, Jay Marcus andMichael Murphy, poster presentation, "Lighting and Acoustics in Design Learning and Office Environments."

Fifth-year students Teresa Siegele, Melissa Still and Kurt Andre, poster presentation, "The Incorporation of Technology in Design: Studying the Effect of Digital Tools on Creativity."

Fourth-year students Sarah Swaim, Anthony Dorrel and Brian Davis, poster presentation, "The Changing Times, Changing Needs: The Future of Effective Wayfinding in the Workplace."

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